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17 December 2013 - 7:49am | by Brenda Hough
The Edge Initiative toolkit helps libraries assess how their community is using library technology, identifying strengths and also areas for improvement. The toolkit includes benchmarks and Benchmark 8 states, "Libraries have sufficient staff with technology expertise to help patrons achieve their goals." This article will highlight one library's approach to fostering staff technology skill building.
6 December 2013 - 7:41am | by Brenda Hough

As you may have heard,  beginning in January 2014, libraries across the U.S. are invited to participate in the Edge Initiative. It is an exciting way to focus on aligning your library's public technology services with community needs for greater impact. Since August 2012, we have been hosting webinars that feature libraries and librarians from around the country talking about the Edge Initiative. The recordings are a great way to learn more about Edge and its potential for your library and community. Here is a list of the eighteen webinars and speakers, with recordings.

2 December 2013 - 9:13am | by Brenda Hough

A big thank you to Sam Becker for providing an introduction to the Impact Survey today. And thank you to Gretchen Pruett for sharing her experiences with the Impact Survey and the Edge Initiative at the New Braunfels Public Library (TX). If you missed the session, you will be glad to know it was recorded. Feel free to share the recording with others!

29 November 2013 - 11:09am | by Brenda Hough

At TechSoup for Libraries, we share stories from the field so libraries can learn from each other. We are grateful every day for the libraries who take the time to share their examples and experiences with us! This thankful time of year, however, is the perfect opportunity for us to highlight and appreciate some of the recent contributors.

20 November 2013 - 9:50am | by Brenda Hough

Thank you again to Soon Har Tan from the Itasca Community Library (IL) and Tom Perski from The Chicago Lighthouse for starring in today's Edge Initiative webinar! If you missed the session, you'll be glad to know it was recorded. The archive is available now.

14 November 2013 - 8:38am | by Brenda Hough

Each month I have the pleasure of hosting a webinar featuring libraries and librarians from around the country talking about the Edge Initiative. We started way back in August of 2012 and each session has been recorded. By request, here is a list of all sixteen webinars and speakers so far. Thank you to these excellent speakers for sharing their experiences and expertise! Info on upcoming webinars is at the end of the post.

11 November 2013 - 5:42pm | by Brenda Hough

Illinois libraries have been actively involved in the development and testing phase of the Edge Initiative. In this article, we highlight a handful of resources from Illinois.

8 November 2013 - 5:46am | by Brenda Hough

Back in July, we wrote about the Middletown Free Library's t-shirt fundraising campaign with TechSoup donor partner Teespring.  Middletown has now created a repeat of the successful summer fundraising campaign! If you have been looking for a new fundraising idea, check out the Teespring donation program.

5 November 2013 - 10:37am | by Brenda Hough

Oklahoma libraries have been actively involved in the development and testing phase of the Edge Initiative. In this article, we highlight a handful of resources from Oklahoma.

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